image: Nasty Gal

image: Nasty Gal

The fashion industry – particularly the fast fashion sector (the one responsible for recreating runway looks in a highly sped up manner and offering them for dirt cheap prices) – has wreaked havoc in the lives of garment workers, on the environment, and in the lives of consumers, as well. In light of Fashion Revolution Week, which occurs between April 24th and 30th this year and which aims to “bring people from all over the world together to use the power of fashion to change the story for the people who make the world’s clothes and accessories,” we take a look at fashion by the numbers …

1 – the number of months it took for Nasty Gal to copy dresses from emerging designer Molly Goddard’s F/W 2016 collection and offer them for sale;

2 – the percentage of domestically-purchased clothing made in the U.S. today (compared to 95 percent in 1960);

$5 – the cost of a shirt from Forever 21;

7 – the average number of times a garment is worn before it is discarded;

10 – the percentage of our total carbon footprint that the fashion industry is responsible for (Note: the aviation industry is responsible for 2 percent);

42 – the number of men charged with murder in connection with the collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013;

55 – the percentage of H&M supplier factories that currently lack adequate fire exits;

$68 – the monthly wage of a garment factory worker in Bangladesh;

70 – the number of pounds of clothing the average American throws away every year;

80 – the percentage of women in the global workforce in garment manufacturing;

98 – the percentage of global garment workers who receive less than a living wage;

140 – the number of garment workers that died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911;

1,134 – the number of garment workers that died in the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013;

8,000 – the number of Cambodia garment factories workers who protested in 2015 after being promised an 18-euro pay rise and only receiving half;

260 million – the number of child laborers in the world, most of whom are located in developing countries where fast fashion is manufactured;

$70.0 billion – the net worth of Inditex (Zara’s parent company) owner, Amancio Ortega;

600 million – the number of garments that H&M sells every year;

2.5 billion – the number of pounds of clothing than ends up in landfills each year;

1.5-2.5 trillion – the number of gallons of the world’s water used by the fashion industry each year.